Extra butchers and cleaners have been added to the staff to ensure that all meat preparation complies with health and safety standards
Abu Dhabi slaughterhouses prepare for Ramadan surge
While most businesses are gearing down for Ramadan, slaughterhouses in Abu Dhabi have extended their usual shifts to keep doors open almost 20 hours a day during the holy month.
Working hours at the Abu Dhabi City Municipality slaughterhouses this Ramadan will be from 6am to 1.30am.
Abu Dhabi Public Slaughter House, Baniyas Slaughter House and Al Shahama Slaughter House will be open nightly from 10pm to 1.30am.
Extra butchers and cleaners have been added to the staff to ensure that all meat preparation complies with health and safety standards.
A total of 340 professional butchers will be on shift at Abu Dhabi Public Slaughterhouse, Baniyas Slaughterhouse, Shahama Slaughterhouse and Al Wathba Automatic Slaughterhouse. In addition, a vet will be at hand at each slaughterhouse to inspect animals before and after they are killed, and dispose of carcasses safely.
Slaughterhouse fees will remain unchanged. It is Dh15 per goat or sheep, Dh40 per calf or young camel and Dh60 per mature cattle or camel. Ice containers will be available to keep meat fresh for transport.
The public are reminded that it is not advised to slaughter animals at private residences during Ramadan, or in public areas. Testing by vets, before and after slaughter, is important to reduce the transmission of disease, the Abu Dhabi municipality said in a statement.
Campaigns against Ramadan butchering in private residents is having an effect. A total of 77,633 animals were processed during Ramadan last year, a 23 per cent increase from 2015.